Monday, March 22, 2010

Harmonious Blacksmith - Free Concert at the Mount

Harmonious Blacksmith - Free Concert at the Mount

Emmitsburg, MD - The Mount St. Mary’s University Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present a concert by the early music ensemble Harmonious Blacksmith on Friday March 26, 2010.

The evening’s concert, Music from the Mediterranean, will feature early music from Spain to Italy in an exciting program of works by Soler, Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, and Corelli. Harmonious Blacksmith combines the best of creative conceptual programming with the fire of virtuoso performing and improvising. Uniquely focused on the connection between composition and improvisation in Renaissance and Baroque music, Harmonious Blacksmith looks back to the age-old practices of improvising dance music and ornamenting songs.

The ensemble has been praised for its “virtuosity manifested…strongly in an uncanny ability to create highly inventive music on the spot,” with another reviewer noting that “from the beginning, the listener had a feeling of connection with them. They were lively, enthusiastic and expressive in their playing…”

Harmonious Blacksmith consists of Joseph Gascho, harpsichord; Justin Godoy, recorder; and William Simms, baroque guitar and the orbo. Simms is also a member of the music faculty at Mount St. Mary’s where he teaches guitar.

The concert is presented as part of the ongoing effort by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to make high quality musical performances available to audiences in the region for little or no admission. The concert will be held at the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium on the Mount campus at 7:30pm.

Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 301-447-5308.
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